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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

to consent to cut off the entail of the Newcastle estate. The fool immediately wrote to his wife, to beg she would return to him from Lord Berkeley7; that he had got so much money, and now they might live comfortably; but she will not live comfortably: she is at Lord Berkeley's house, whither go divers after her. Lady Townshend told me ...8 an admirable history; it is of our friend Eady Pomfret. Somebody that belonged to the Prince of Wales said, they were going to Court; it was objected that they ought to say, going to Carlton House; that the only Court is where the King resides. Lady P. with her paltry air of significant learning and absurdity, said, ' Oh Lord ! is there no Court in England, but the King's ? sure, there are many more ! There is the Court of Chancery, the Court of Exchequer, the Court of King's Bench, &c.' Don't you love her? Lord Lincoln does her daughter: he is come over, and met her the other night: he turned pale, spoke to her several times in the evening, but not long, and sighed to me at going away. He came over all alive; and not only his Uncle-Duke9, but even Majesty is fallen in love with him. He talked to the King at his levee, without being spoken to. That was always thought high treason; but I don't know how, the gruff gentleman liked it; and then he had been told that Lord Lincoln designed to have made the campaign, if we had gone to war ; in short, he says, Lord Lincoln is the handsomest man in England.
I believe I told you that Vernon's birthday passed quietly, but it was not designed to be pacific; for at twelve at night, eight gentlemen, dressed like sailors, and masked, went round Covent Garden with a drum, beating up for a volunteer mob; but it did not take; and they retired to a great supper that was prepared for them at the Bedford
7 Augustus Berkeley (1716-1765), fourth Earl of Berkeley.
8  Passage omitted.
9  The Duke of Newcastle.